Getting Perspective

A blog by Ray Rosen, Owner of Education Perspective.

Name: Education Perspective

Monday, July 27, 2009

Your Child is Starting Kindergarten, Are You Ready?

Chances are, you are more anxious about your 5-year-old’s first day of kindergarten then they are. Now that this momentous day is looming only a little more than a month away, now is a good time to plan and set routines in order to ease everyone’s first day jitters.

• Get Your Child Motivated to Learn. Talk about school and all of the new friends to be made and activities to learn. Keep the learning casual though – no drilling of the ABC’s or pressure to write his or her own name. However, students should know their full name, address, and phone number in case of emergency.

• Start Reading. If you haven’t been reading to your child on a regular basis, begin doing so immediately. This will help the child to learn to pay attention.

• Shop for School Items. Start with the basics and ask the school for a list of suggested supplies. And take this time to clear out the child’s closets, and other clutter to help with those harried mornings to come when they insist on getting themselves ready for the day.

• Organize a School Spot. Designate a space in the home for your child’s school supplies and where they will put their backpack and other school items each day. This will set up a good habit of organization for the entire year and cut down on morning frenzy.

• Celebrate this Special Day. Let the child know how special this day is and how proud of them you are. Take the time to involve them in the process of getting ready by shopping for a new first day outfit and selecting the items they want in their lunchbox. And, even if you aren’t going to be able to do it everyday, take your child to school on their first day. This will be an important memory for you both!